'Almost certain': Journalist confident that Lampard will sign Chelsea youngster next season for Everton

Dean Jones told GiveMeSport that there is a strong possibility Frank Lampard will sign Billy Gilmour from Chelsea next season.

Lampard has agreed to become the new Everton manager, following the departure of his former coach, Rafa Benitez.

The iconic midfielder’s last outing on the touchline was at Stamford Bridge over a year ago, before he too was replaced.

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Numerous job opportunities landed at his doorstep before the Goodison Park role become available, yet the Premier League great waited patiently for the right move.

Returning to the English first division was surely always the ultimate aim.

Now, thanks to Benitez’s awful stint on Merseyside, Lampard’s wishes have been granted.

However, the task at hand is not one to fantasise about.

Everton in a sticky situation

Everton are just four points above the relegation zone, with just one win from their last 14 league fixtures.

An instant turnaround after the mini-break is needed from the Toffees, otherwise, they could be axed from the top flight for the first time since 1951.

They cannot look ahead to a shiny future under Lampard until their safety is secured.

Only then will Everton be able to think about how they want to shape their squad in the boss’ image.

Donny van de Beek is on the verge of moving from Manchester United on loan.

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And, according to Jones, another midfielder could be joining the Dutchman, possibly in the summer.

“If Frank Lampard ends up at Everton, then Billy Gilmour will end up an Everton player by next season. I’m almost certain of that,” said the transfer expert.

Lampard loves Gilmour

Gilmour reuniting with Lampard makes sense on so many levels.

There is certainly a huge amount of respect between the two, built from their days at Chelsea together.

“I thought Billy was outstanding on his return, I felt very comfortable with him coming back in, he’s trained so well, done his rehab and he deserved his chance tonight,” Lampard said after a Champions League game in 2020.

The Scotland international might also be keen to link up with his ex-mentor, depending on Chelsea’s actions once the campaign concludes.

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If they sign another central midfielder, i.e., Aurelien Tchouameni, turn Saul Niguez’s loan into a permanent deal or recall Conor Gallagher, Gilmour’s place in the squad will be under threat.

Currently on loan with Norwich City, the Cobham academy graduate may favour another stint away from South West London just to keep his career ticking over.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.